Hugo Ximello-Salido: Bridging the Gap Between Past and Present

  • Hugo Ximello-Salido, Catrina Esmeralda, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 36'' x 36''

    Hugo Ximello-Salido, Catrina Esmeralda, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 36'' x 36''

  • Hugo Ximello-Salido, La Carcajada, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 20'' x 16''

    Hugo Ximello-Salido, La Carcajada, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 20'' x 16''

  • Hugo Ximello-Salido, Si Se Puede, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 24'' x 18''

    Hugo Ximello-Salido, Si Se Puede, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas, 24'' x 18''

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Hugo Ximello-Salido in The Figure and Unknown Places. The exhibition opens July 7, 2018 and runs through July 27,  2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

About the Artist

Hugo Ximello-Salido’s playful yet poignant works seamlessly incorporate ancient and colonial Mexican tradition within a contemporary practice. Throughout his illustrious oeuvre, Ximello-Salido’s compositions often embody the spirit of “La Catrina,” or “elegant skull,” a time-honored Mexican cultural symbol and the inspiration for both traditional and contemporary Mexican art. Along with La Catrina, Ximello-Salido also incorporates ancient Mexican techniques such as Talavera painting, as well as many references to the Day of the Dead festival. The artist explains: “By creating my original artworks with Mexican folklore and daily experiences, I am able to bridge the gap between past and present as a modern Mexican artist.”

In Catrina Esmeralda (2017), the artist utilizes acrylic and ink on canvas to compose a jovial profile of the La Catrina skull upon a background ornamented in luminous gold. Here, Ximello-Salido adorns his Catrina in bright crimson lipstick, emerald eye sockets, and violet rouge that dusts her cheeks, while her jaw gapes open in a coy grin. In works such as Si Se Puede (2017), Ximello-Salido’s Catrina embodies the iconic 1942 Rosie the Riveter painting, yet dons delicate patterns across her bones and an extravagant floral headpiece. Ximello-Salido’s works are at once celebratory and reverent of tradition both past and present.

Exhibition Dates: July 7 - July 27, 2018

Reception: Thursday July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY

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Featured Artists:

Monica Adams | Francis Annan Affotey | Yu He | Angela Blattner | Ilaria Castagnacci | Boguslawa Czarnecka | Fiorenza D'Orazi | Jutta Ebeling-Dehnhard | Ashraf Elsharif | Marco Henrie | Ketan Kelkar | Gunter Langer | Pino Lavecchia | Taikyu Lim | Susan Marx | Andreas Meer | Mireille Pizzo | Mileidy Plata | J.H. Rebelato | Linda Rosen | Marliese Scheller | Christine Stettner | Richard Tomlin | Gonzalo Urrea Correa | Germán Valles Fernández | Hugo Ximello-Salido

About the Exhibition

The Figure and Unknown Places is an exhibition featuring twenty-six international painters and photographers exploring the connections between humans and the world we inhabit. Working between landscape painting and portraiture, the artists included reassess traditions and convey unique perspectives on timeless themes. Utilizing diverse visual languages, these artists provide fresh insight on engrained understandings of culture and nature, man and animal.

About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

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